The festive season is here, and with it comes many positive things. Family is in town, people are on annual leave from work, and children are on a break from school. But unfortunately, within the joy, is the ugly truth that the festive season is notorious for the high crime rate.
Our homes are targeted by criminals and chancers, especially when some of us leave the city or country, to have a bit of a holiday away.
So, how do you ensure the safety of your home and possessions?
Well, a good way to have an eye over your home when you aren’t there is to get to know your neighbours. Perhaps start an unofficial neighbourhood watch or group chat with the people in your street, and inform each other if anyone suspicious is lurking in your street.
If it is financially viable for you, invest in burglar bars and safety gates to guard the entrances into your home. This allows peace of mind, whether you are home or away.
Tony Clarke, Managing Director of the Rawson Property Group told property24 “Things like visible burglar bars and crow-bar-proof security gates are a great start.
He continues, “Obvious CCTV cameras – or realistic decoys – can be helpful as well. It’s also a good idea to limit visibility into the interior of your house where possible – if people can’t see that laptop at your window, they’re less likely to jump over your wall.”
Going away for more than a week? Hire a house-sitter. Ensure that they know how to work the alarm correctly. They don’t need to live at your home if that makes you uncomfortable, but they can do a check in each day or night.
Street Directory advises that you be discreet when preparing to go away. “People should where possible pack their cars in their garage. Homeowners should also never leave a message on their answering machine stating that they are out of town”.